Head over to any news source and you will be bombarded with articles about what you should or should not be doing to increase your overall wellness. A lot of the advice to be found is truly great and scientifically backed, but sometimes these even these rules are meant to be broken.
Skipping a Full Eight for a Full Heart
We all know an average adult needs seven-and-a-half to eight hours of sleep a night in order to function optimally the next day. There are times, though, when it’s better to sacrifice some sleep for something a little livelier. I will be the first person to deal with running on four hours of sleep if it means that I had a great night out with friends or doing something that I enjoy. In the end, the memories I make on those late nights matter more to me than the extra sleep I could’ve gotten by staying home alone.
Especially after one of those late nights, I love to get caught up in the marathons that run on TV over the weekends. For me, it’s one of the most relaxing things to do before having to start the work week. Sitting for the length of six Keeping Up With The Kardashians doesn’t line up with the studies that say that sitting for too long is bad for your health. Every once in a while though, I honestly just don’t want to move. So I don’t move.
My Favorite Lunch Spot: My Desk
There are a lot of reasons the experts frown upon eating lunch at your desk, with most having to do with the effect it has on the company break culture. I’m all for breaks and getting to talk to my coworkers, but sometimes I really just don’t want to talk to anyone. My lunch break is my time and I like to use it for things that help me destress. I don’t need to spend every day in the lunchroom in order to be social at work.
Good Morning, Phone!
Even though they say looking at your phone in the morning can be a distraction and make you run late, I like to use the time to from sleep to having to get up and function in a way that feels productive or slightly social. I don’t need to spend long on the phone in the mornings, but a quick check of the messages and emails that came in overnight or what’s been posted to Instagram give me a pick-me-up that helps getting the day started become a little easier.
Sing Me to Sleep, Netflix
Studies tell us that the light from screens hinder our ability to fall asleep at night with Netflix being a huge culprit. Right before bed is sometimes the only time of the day I have to myself to do things I enjoy. So, even if it does affect my sleep a bit, I’m still glad that I got to watch an episode of whatever show I’m watching at the moment. It also helps me destress and stop thinking at the end of the long day.